HIGH PROFILE: Republican Teddy Mullenix built his career in dark blue Garland County

A lobbyist and philanthropist, Mullenix also likes to make people laugh -- and has entertained them for years with his theater

“My banker told me I better learn to be funny. That was probably the best thing that happened to me my whole life. I was so blessed, a lot of people thought that was funny and it’s just a joy to make people laugh and forget their troubles.” -Ted Mullenix (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Cary Jenkins)

Whether it was rural labor during his childhood or the challenge of taking office as the first Republican in Garland County since Reconstruction, Ted Mullenix was undaunted by hard work.